You’ve got enough other chores when it comes to the upkeep of your house. You don’t need to add the maintenance of your kitchen appliances to the list!

Yet all your hard work will diminish if you don’t know how to care for your appliances. Your stainless dishwasher is no exception. Even if you don’t know what it is or what this feature means, you’ve got one in your home.

Take a few minutes to learn how to keep your dishwasher up and running more smoothly throughout your entire household.

Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential to keeping your stainless dishwasher in top shape. Start by wiping down the stainless surface with a damp cloth after each use to remove any residue and prevent staining or discoloration. About twice a month, run an empty cycle with a 2Tbsp of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar.

Once a month give the inside of the dishwasher a thorough wiping with a mild cleanser or a specialty dishwasher cleaner. The water reservoir in the dishwasher should also be emptied and scrubbed with baking soda and water solution every few months to remove any grease and other build-ups.

Use the Right Detergent

Avoid using detergents that are labeled “multi-purpose” or “all-in-one.” These types of detergents contain ingredients that are too harsh and can actually damage stainless steel. Use the lowest effective water temperature when running the dishwasher. Either liquid or powder detergents can be used, just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the particular detergent you are using.

Load the Dishwasher Correctly

Start by separating your dishes by how dirty they are. Load your cleaner items on the top rack and your dirtier items on the bottom. For best results, rinse your dishes before loading them to begin with.

Be sure to turn sharp edges inward so they don’t stab your dishwasher’s walls. Place bulky dishes on the inside of the rack since they won’t touch the wall. Don’t stack dishes one on top of the other so that water will have room to get in and around them. 

Check the Spray Arms

Begin by taking off the lower spray arm and inspecting it for build-up or clogs. Check the holes for any clumps of food or debris that may be stuck inside that need to be cleared out. At the same time, you should clean off the arms with a damp cloth or sponge and soapy water.

Inspect and Maintain Hoses and Connections

Start by visually inspecting the hoses connected to your dishwasher for any signs of wear or damage such as cracks, breaks, or holes. If anything appears to be amiss, you should replace the hose. You can view dishwasher parts here for any replacement parts you will need. 

The connections should be checked with a wrench to make sure they are tight. It is important to replace the hoses if needed and to tighten or replace any connections. If you need help, make sure to reach out to a professional for assistance with a dishwasher repair.

Keep Your Stainless Dishwasher in Tip Top Shape

Take care of your stainless dishwasher by cleaning it regularly and using the correct amount of cleaner – your dishwasher will stay in top shape! You should also check the hoses and rubber caps to make sure there are no breaks in them.

By following these simple tips and knowing how to clean a dishwasher, you’ll keep your dishwasher working at its peak efficiency. So don’t wait, start caring for your stainless dishwasher today!

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